Historical Dictionary of Crime Films by Geoff Mayer
(Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)

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The crime film genre consists of detective films, gangster films, suspense thrillers, film noir, and caper films and is produced throughout the world. Crime film was there at the birth of cinema, and it has accompanied cinema over more than a century of history, passing from silent films to talkies, from black-and-white to color. The genre includes such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The Godfather, Gaslight, The French Connection, and Serpico, as well as more recent successes like Seven, Drive, and L.A. Confidential.

The Historical Dictionary of Crime Films covers the history of this genre through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on key films, directors, performers, and studios. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about crime cinema.

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Geoff Mayer is reader and associate professor at La Trobe University (Australia) where he is Head of the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry. He was a consultant and on-camera film historian on the 2011 documentary Stunt Love, directed by Matthew Bate.
Published September 13, 2012 by Scarecrow Press. 514 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Mayer's (Encyclopedia of Film Noir) overview of crime films from around the globe includes numerous subgenres such as detective films, gangster films and film noir, suspense thrillers, and capers. Entries focus on the films themselves (e.g., Animal Kingdom, The French Connection, Serpico), writer...

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